LOS ANGELES — It was the best of slimes, it was the worst of slimes, as stars from music, television, and film lined up to dance, sing — and, yes, burp — with 10,000 of their youngest fans at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, bringing a raucous crowd to their feet with slime-spectacles, silly stunts, and even a few orange trophies for good measure.
While a rumored Britney Spears appearance didn't happen — the evening closed with, er, Orlando Bloom getting slimed instead — the show was hosted with characteristic panache for a second time by Jack Black.
The night's big winners were teen-pop sensation Miley Cyrus and heartthrob Drake Bell, both of whom took home two awards. "Best of Both Worlds" songstress Cyrus won Favorite Female Singer and Favorite TV Actress for her work on "Hannah Montana" — in her acceptance speech, she thanked her family, agent, manager "and my lord and savior Jesus Christ" — and Bell picked up his third consecutive Favorite TV Actor award and another for Favorite Television Show for "Drake and Josh." Chris Brown took Favorite Male Singer, the Jonas Brothers were the Favorite Musical Group, and Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" won Favorite Song.
According to Black, a record 88 million votes were cast this year in all categories, and, at times, it seemed like all 88 million of those kids were in the audience, screaming their heads off at, among others, Cyrus, Bell, Will Smith, Cameron Diaz, Chris Brown, Shia LaBeouf and Akon, the last of whom drove a slime-buggy around a booby-trapped laden course in one of the show's many highlights.
As always, slime was one of the show's biggest stars, as Usher blasted a sumo wrestler with slime shot from a cannon, and Heidi Klum, clad in a "butt spike belt," swung from a rope into a wall, popping slime-filled balloons. Another highlight was Harrison Ford getting slimed via an "Indiana Jones"-style contraption.
Other winners included "American Idol" for Favorite Reality Show; Eddie Murphy for favorite voice from an animated movie for "Shrek the Third"; Johnny Depp for Favorite Movie Actor; Jessica Alba for Favorite Movie Actress; and "Alvin and the Chipmunks" took Favorite Movie.
Cameron Diaz won the Wannabe Award, for the person kids most, well, wanna be. Accepting the trophy, Diaz told the crowd that it was the biggest honor of her life, because "I wanna be like you," she exclaimed, pointing to the audience and encouraging them to help save the environment. "You're going to change the world."